Marvel has been eager to promote Gwenpool, their newest mishmash of two established characters. Thankfully, the publisher has been careful to not overuse her right out of the gate, testing her potential in a few Howard the Duck backups and a fun Holiday special. However, the kid gloves came off today as Marvel officially announced The Unbelieveable Gwenpool. The series will debut in April and Gwenpool’s Howard the Duck backup writer Christopher Hastings (Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe) is attached to pen the series. Illustrations will be provided by Japanese art studio Gurihiru (A-Babies Vs. X-Babies), which is composed of penciler, designer, and inker Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano, a colorist and web designer.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news this morning by interviewing Hastings. The writer explained a few things that we already knew or could have guessed about the upcoming series, including the fact that the upcoming title will follow in the offbeat and humorous vein of Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck. In the brief interview with the writer, Marvel only gave the slightest tease of what we can expect from The Unbelievable Gwenpool:
It’s an exciting opportunity to do a character in a serialized book that can have actual real change. Like, yes, she will learn, she will get better. We don’t have to do the thing where we pretend the status quo has changed when she really hasn’t. She can grow. I’ve written a few other Marvel books and whenever I jump in on one of these legacy characters it usually starts with reading at least 30 issues to make sure I’m not stepping on any continuity. So in our case I only have to do that with secondary characters and villains and stuff.
Hastings also talked about how the origin of Gwenpool informs the character. The hero used to be an average Marvel comics reader until she slipped between the cracks and landed in the 616 Universe. Gwenpool’s first reaction was to grab a hot pink costume and start fighting crime alongside her heroes – not a bad plan if you ask me.